Caitlin's English class is taking part in doing a reading of "Midsummer's Night Dream". A couple of the characters do draw swords and someone asked if they could have props. The teacher said it was okay for the kids to go get a couple of play swords from the dollar store to use. Now when Caitlin relayed the tale to me, I envisioned that the others would bring in swashbuckling plastic scimitars or worse yet, pool noodle swords. Any you know me, no - that will not do, we must build them ourselves.
And thus, the gauntlet was thrown, make a prop sword, a few extra for her friends, and a spare for the teacher. A weekend project.
I guess when she takes it to school, if I get a call, the "weapons" were confiscated or they will be used for the play.
CAUTION: These are props but still should be used with care. They are blunt at the end but are hard enough to cause injury when forcibly used to whack, chop, or knight a person.
Step 1: Ode to a box...
You could make this out of dowels or a yardstick and foam.
My weapon of choice, cardboard - because we can.
You will also need:
utility knife of heavy-duty scissors
marker or pencil
aluminum foil tape - found at home centers, used for metal duct work sealing and repair
double-sided carpet tape - found at home centers, really sticky double sided tape
yarn - various colours to wrap the handle
I also used a piece of reflective tape I had lying around to cover the center of the hilt. If you take a picture of it, the flash bounces off of it lighting it up like a jewel encrusted sword.